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Screening of “Hula Girls” Friday
The LIFE @ San Elijo group will show the Japanese film “Hula Girls” from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday March 10 at the San Elijo Campus of MiraCosta College, room 204 at 3333 Manchester Ave. The comedy is based on the true story ‘Hula Girls’ about coal miners’ daughters who “took a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be recruited as professional hula dancers and escape their monotonous lives, and saved their depressed mining town as well as the whole of Japan.” Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Japanese Academy Award winner Lee Sang-il, with original music by ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro. Admission and parking are free. Email [email protected]
‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ topic of talk
Batiquitos Lagoon hosts a presentation titled, “The Great Pacific Garbage Patch” by Dr. Jenni Brand, a climate scientist at King Philanthropies, 10 a.m. Saturday March 11. Brand will discuss her research on how much plastic waste there is and the lasting impact of daily use of plastics. Free family event for ages 12 and over. Meet at the Nature Center, 7380 Gabbiano Lane. Visit batiquitoslagoon.org.
Purim celebration with dancing Friday
A communitywide Purim celebration, themed “A Party Night to Remember,” is 7 p.m. Friday March 10 at the Carlsbad Senior Center, 799 Pine Ave., hosted by Congregation B’nai Tikvah. Highlights include an abbreviated Megillah reading in Hebrew, songs with Cantor Larry Kornit and dancing along with “Sohaila and Her Shining Stars,” a Middle Eastern dance group. Participants can bake hamantaschen with fillings and hear the retelling of the Purim story in English. Come in costume and bring canned goods for Interfaith Community Services. Free. RSVP at (760)650-2262. Visit Bnaitikvahsd.org.
Lenten Fish Dinners Fridays at church hall
The Knights of Columbus at St. Elizabeth Seton Church will host Lenten Fish Dinners at 5:30 p.m. Fridays, through April 7, at the church’s Social Hall, 6628 Santa Isabel St. The cost is based on fish prices at that time. Visit facebook.com/KnightsofColumbusSt.ElizabethAnnSetonCouncil9022.
LUNAFEST film festival set for next month
The 11th annual LUNAFEST film festival, a major fundraiser for Soroptimist International of Oceanside-Carlsbad, will be from 2 to 5 p.m. April 23, at the Carlsbad Public Library, 1775 Dove Lane and tickets are being sold. The fest will feature seven short films about women, made by women filmmakers. There will be a reception with food and beverages at intermission. Money raised will be used for educational grants for local women attending school while supporting a family. Tickets are $30-$100. Visit sioceansidecarlsbad.com/lunafest-film-festival.html.
Annual Tip Top Run benefits lagoon
The annual Tip Top Run, a 5K/10K walk and run, takes place at 8:30 a.m. March 18, benefiting Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation’s Academy of Environmental Stewardship serving schoolchildren. The event is open to runners and walkers of all ages, including corporate teams. Highlights include lunch from Tip Top Meats, donated this year in honor of late owner John Haedrich; a St. Patrick’s Day costume contest, World Water Day Festival, with magic show, at the end of the race and a beer garden sponsored by Culver Beer. Registration is $50; $99 for a family of five (up to two adults age 12 and older and up to three children under 12). Hero sponsors are needed to help military families participate. Email [email protected] Visit aguahedionda.org/tip-top-run-2023 or call (760) 804-1969.
Mindful Walk Sundays at nature reserve
The Torrey Pines Docent Society offers a Mindful Walk at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve from 8 to 10 a.m. Sundays, starting March 12. The free guided walk invites visitors to “slow down, connect to their senses, breathe and be fully present in nature.” Meet at the Visitor Center near the reserve’s upper parking lot. Visit torreypine.org.
Free tech tutoring for older adults offered
A free Encinitas Tech-y Tutors event for older adults is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday March 11, at the Encinitas Community and Senior Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, hosted by the city of Encinitas Senior Citizen Commission with the Encinitas Youth Commission. The event is designed for older adults who need help learning how to get the most out of their phone, tablet or laptop. Help will be provided by local teen volunteers who can assist with tasks such as attaching photos to text messages, managing contact lists, adding events to calendars and handling spam emails. Bring your charged device. No RSVP required. Call (760) 943-2250.
Lions Club holds free eyeglasses event
Five area Lions Clubs are hosting a “Lions Gift of Sight” free eyeglasses event for all ages from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 25 at North Coast Church, 1451 Montiel Road. The event includes free vision screenings, free consultations and free refurbished glasses. First come, first served. For more information, call (760) 405-7385.
Peace Forum holds meeting Wednesday
The North County Peace Forum, a small group “determined to promote peace domestically and internationally,” is recruiting new members. The group meets at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday Mar. 8 at Beach Plum Kitchen, 6971 El Camino Real.
Orchid show opens Saturday at garden
The San Diego Botanic Garden will put on its third annual spring orchid showcase, “World of Orchids,” from Saturday, March 11 through April 9. The floral designs will feature orchid specimens, locally bred hybrids, and rare species plants displayed in unique and unexpected ways. Admission to the show is included with the purchase of a one-day garden admission ticket or annual membership. Member of other gardens participating in the American Horticultural Society’s Reciprocal Admissions Program also receive free admission. Tickets are $10-$18. Reservations are required. Entrance to the exhibition includes access to the vendor booths and the garden’s 37 acres. The garden is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Mondays. Reserve an entrance date and time, at sdbg.org/world-of-orchids.
Animal shelter offers Pet Assisted Therapy
Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s Pet Assisted Therapy (PAT) volunteers and their trained pets visit schools, libraries, senior centers, veteran centers, children’s programs and other facilities. The team helps with social development, increased self-esteem, improved mental health and stress reduction, and social skills. To arrange a visit or find out if your pet can join the Pet Assisted Therapy team, call (760) 753-6413, stop by Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza St. or visit sdpets.org.
‘Wildlife’ art show featured this month
The Escondido Art Association holds its March show, themed “Wildlife” through March 31 at the Artists Gallery, 121 W. Grand Ave. A free artist demonstration by Julia San Ramon is from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday Mar. 9 at Fusion Restaurant, 201 E. Grand Ave. An artists reception is from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday Mar. 11 at the Artists Gallery. Refreshments will be served. Visit escondidoartassociation.com.
Upcoming blood drives
The San Diego Blood Bank will hold blood drives in the following parking lots:
Ezoic, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday , March 8,at 6023 Innovation Way, Carlsbad.
Bressi Ranch Village Center, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, March 9 at 2629 Gateway Road, Carlsbad.
Dick’s Sporting Goods, noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 9 at 1200 Auto Park Way, Escondido.
The Pinamonti Lundy Group, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 9 at 2380 Camino Vida Roble, Carlsbad.
Albertsons, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 13 at 1459 Main St., Ramona.
Call (800) 469-7322 or visit sandiegobloodbank.org.
Humane society holds Wildlife Baby Shower
The San Diego Humane Society is preparing for the spring baby season when thousands of orphaned wild animals will rely on the nonprofit for lifesaving care. The nonprofit seeks the community’s support for its 13th annual Wildlife Baby Shower, a virtual event benefiting its Project Wildlife program. Participants can buy supplies from Amazon or Target or make a donation. Visit sdhumane.org/babyshower.
Widowers, widowers group meets for events
The North County Widows and Widowers group is offering the following get-togethers in March for members and guests who have lost a spouse and want to “rebuild a new uplifting social network”:
TuesdayMar. 7: Social hour, Old California Mining Co., San Marcos.
Friday Mar.10: Dinner dance, Vista Elks Lodge.
March 12, Brunch, Wildwood Crossing, Vista.
March 19: Dinner dance, Shadowridge Golf Club, Vista.
March 24: Dinner dance, Oceanside Elks Lodge.
March 28: Social hour, Cheesecake Factory, Escondido.
Visit widowsandwidowersnc.comCQ or call (760) 910-3746.
OCEANSIDE TrueCare will host
‘Havana Nights’ gala
TrueCare, a San Marcos-based nonprofit community health center, hosts its “Havana Nights” gala from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday March 11 at The Seabird Resort, 101 Mission Ave. The event supports TrueCare’s expanding services for older adults with complex health needs along with ongoing demand for telehealth visits and affordable care. Highlights include entertainment, signature cocktails and auctions. Tickets are $300 at bit.ly/3IIshYJ. Sponsorships start at $3,000. Email [email protected]
Parkinson’s support group meets this week
The Oceanside chapter of the North County Parkinson’s Support Group meets at 1 p.m. Wednesday March 8at Oceanside First Presbyterian Church, 2001 S. El Camino Real. Tracy Park, physical therapist at Tri-City Medical Center, will discuss and demonstrate recovering from a fall, and fall prevention. Breakout groups follow presentation for participants to share challenges and coping skills. Visit ncpsg.org or call (760) 497-1200.
Veterans committee to hold meeting Monday
The Veterans Association of North County’s Veterans Advisory Committee meeting is set for noon to 1 p.m. Monday 6 March in the VANC Resource Center, 1617 Mission Ave. Speakers include Larry and Linda Sundram from the Pendleton Community Service Fund, and Patrick Kelly, executive director of Foundation for Homeless Veterans. Visit vanc.me.
Historical society meets Saturday
The Rancho Bernardo Historical Society Speakers Series hosts a talk on “Photo Identification Project; Dan Rios Papers” at 11 a.m. Saturday March 11 at the Rancho Bernardo History Museum in the Bernardo Winery. The presentation will be led by Alexa Clausen of the Escondido History Center and Sean Visintainer, head of Special Collections at the California State University San Marcos Library. Admission is free. Visit rbhistory.org.
Singing Around the World concert at library
The Center Children’s Chorus will give a concert, “Singing Around the World,” featuring songs from across the globe from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday March 11 at the Rancho Bernardo Library, 17110 Bernardo Drive, as part of the Discovery Concert series. The Children’s Chorus, conducted by Dana Stanford, is part of the Chorale Arts program at the California Center for the Arts. Escondido. Visit friendsoftherblibrary.org.
Brandeis committee chapter to meet
The Rancho Bernardo Chapter of the Brandeis National Committee hosts Robert Hicks, assistant regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, who will discuss antisemitism in San Diego at 1 p.m. March14 at the Rancho Bernardo Community Center, Glassman Building, 18448 W. Bernardo Drive. Proof of vaccination is required. The cost is $15, including refreshments. RSVP at (858) 487-8041.
Republican women’s group holds luncheon
Rancho Bernardo Republican Women Federated holds a luncheon meeting from 11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. March 17 at The Heights Golf Club, 16066 Bernardo Hights Parkway. The guest speaker is Sheridan Swanson, who is with the California Policy Center, an educational nonprofit working for “the prosperity of all Californians by eliminating public-sector barriers to freedom.” Cost is $35 for a two-course lunch. RSVP by 9 p.m. Friday March 10th at rbrwf.org.
Free pet vaccinations offered March 18
Rancho Coastal Humane Society holds a free pet vaccine clinic from 9 to 11 a.m. March 18 at One Safe Place – North County Family Justice Center, 1050 Vallecitos Blvd. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Vaccines will be offered, thanks to Petco Love and Bissell Pet Foundation, while supplies last. Vaccines will be administered including DAPPv for dogs and HCP for cats. Other services include rabies vaccinations and microchips. No appointment is necessary. Dogs must be leashed or in a carrier. Cats must be in carriers. Visit sdpets.org/events.
Operation HOPE holds first golf tournament
Operation HOPE-North County plans to hold their 1st annual Golf Tournament celebrating 20 years of service March 17 at St. Mark Golf Course, 1750 Pable Drive, at Lake San Marcos. The event includes closest to the pin, and putting contest, silent auctions and raffles. Registration is $125 per person, including cart with GPS, lunch and gift bag. Lunch only option is $50. Proceeds benefit families with children and single women in shelter at Operation HOPE-North County and after care services through the Pantry of HOPE. Sponsorships available. Visit operationhopeshelter.org.
Performance features artist from South Korea
California State University San Marcos’ Arts And Lectures Program will host Dohee Lee, performance artist, ritualist, and educator from Jeju Island South Korea, 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday March 8th in the Arts building in Room 111. Dohee will perform the Korean ritual from Jeju Island called “The Ritual of Sickness” and will invite all to heal from internalized racism. Tickets are at eventbrite.com/e/ritual-of-sickness-chilseong-saenamgut-performed-by-dohee-lee-tickets-494509189297.
Lakehouse Food & Wine Festival on Saturday
The second annual Lakehouse Food & Wine Festival is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Mar. 11 at Lakehouse Resort, The festival will feature all-you-can-taste sips from local wineries, breweries and eateries, along with live music on the lakeside lawn. Tickets are $85; GA+ is $125, including boat ride to Lakehouse Island for a private sushi tasting from Cannonball Sushi, oyster shucking, champagne and a private bar. Visit eventbrite.com/e/lakehouse-food-wine-festival-tickets-494167778127.
Senior center to hold St. Patrick’s Day event
The Gloria McClellan Senior Center will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at 11 a.m. March 17 at the Park Terrace Café, 1400 Vale Terrace Drive. Highlights include a performance by Irish dancers and refreshments at 11 a.m. followed by a traditional corned beef and cabbage luncheon at noon. A $4 contribution is suggested for guests ages 60 and older; $8 fee for guests 59 and younger. Transportation can be provided for Vista seniors (age 60 and older) with 48-hour advanced notice. RSVP by Friday March 10 at (760) 643-5288.
Amigos de Vista Lions to hold pancake breakfast
Amigos de Vista Lions’ 42nd Annual Pancake Breakfast is from 7 to 11 a.m. March 18 at Gloria McClellan Senior Center, 1400 Vale Terrace Drive. Cost is $8 for a single serving of pancakes, sausage, eggs, coffee, and juice. Proceeds support Mission Vista High School Basketball, Vista American Little League and other local charities. The nonprofit is looking for event sponsors starting at $25 up to $200 or other amount ( participating businesses can have their name and other information on event placemats). Send donation to the Amigos de Vista Lions Club at P.O. Box 2679, Vista, CA 92085-2679. Email your logo to [email protected]
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